showcase san francisco issue 377 Nov 2012Featuring creative talent and services from the most exciting production locations
Welcome to the latest Showcase San Francisco, brought to you by Production Paradise. We present the very best of the local visual media professionals, with more information in our Photo and Film directories.
In this Showcase we present the leading companies and top professionals from San Francisco: 123RF Limited, Adolph Gasser Inc, Artists' Services, Birdman Inc, Blast Digital Studio, Blinklab, Emily Miller Productions, Lux-SF, Majed Photography, Miles Keep Photography, Pacific Digital Image, Robert Houser, Stan Musilek, Steve Peixotto and The Blackwell Files.
Our cover photo was shot by Rus Anson.
- photo production
Emily Miller Productions San Francisco Photo & Video Production
Emily Miller Productions is a full-service production company for still and motion shoots worldwide. Specialising in advertising campaigns for 15 years across six continents, the company provides tailor-made services for print, video and film from California to anywhere.
Estimate-shoot-wrap, Emily Miller Productions balances creative wishes and budgetary needs. By collaborating with inspiring photographers, dynamic directors and innovative clients. By building relationships with industry specialists and cultivating top-notch resources. By assembling creative teams, technical experts and vetted crews. And by managing people, locations and logistics with meticulous care and global experience.
Updates feature recent productions for Hilton Hotels & Resorts in the US, Mexico and Europe, Visa in Mexico and directors' cuts in the US and China.
- styling, hair, makeup
Artists' services San Francisco & Los Angeles styling, hair, makeup agents
Artists’ Services takes pride in representing the best in make-up, hair and styling. Its artists are highly trained creative professionals who have the expertise to execute a client's vision. Whether working in print, film or video, the artists are collaborative team players that are committed to ensuring the success of each and every project. Artists’ Services diverse talent pool specialises in lifestyle, fashion, props and set design, laydowns and more.
"Our goal is to provide the media and advertising industries with the highest calibre of service while accommodating the budget needs of our clients."
Clients include Abercrombie & Fitch, Adidas, American Express, Apple, Banana Republic, Bank of America, Burger King, CoverGirl, Disney, Elle, Gap, Glamour, Harper’s Bazaar, HBO, Kohl’s, Lands’ End, L’Oréal, Levi’s, Microsoft, Nike, Nordstrom, Pantene, Sony, Target, Vanity Fair, Visa, Volvo, Williams-Sonoma and celebrities such as Hillary Clinton, Johnny Depp, Hugh Grant, Jennifer Lopez, Liv Tyler, Bonnie Raitt and Yoko Ono.
- post production
Blinklab San Francisco creative post production
Blinklab is a San Francisco-based post-production studio specialising in creative retouching.
Alex Katz, founder of Blinklab, and his creative team collaborate closely with some of the top photographers and leading agencies, helping them achieve a unique look and style tailored to each and every project.
Thoughtful collaboration, meticulous attention to detail, and a relentless passion for creating striking images has recently led to some exciting and award-winning projects.
Latest work from Blinklab includes:
- Absolut Vodka campaign photographed by Dwight Eschliman for TBWA\Chiat\Day in New York.
- Toyota RAV4 campaign photographed by Frank Schott for Saatchi & Saatchi in Los Angeles.
- Delo campaign photographed by Dwight Eschliman for Young & Rubicam in New York.
- Adidas "Get it on" campaign photographed by Jonathan Leder for Sid Lee in Toronto.
To see more recent work please visit the Blinklab website.
Pacific Digital Image San Francisco creative post production
Pacific Digital Image has been part of the San Francisco advertising community for over 30 years, partnering with agencies and brands alike to deliver world-class advertising imagery. What began as a print production house specialising in retouching and photography has evolved into a creative visual studio offering everything from interactive work to computer generated imagery, including 3D animation, motion graphics, visual effects and compositing.
- rental studios
Blast Digital Studio San Francisco rental studios
Blast Digital+Studio provides the ultimate shooting experience by providing luxury amenities, the highest level of service and preparation, and the little things like complimentary beverages, coffee and espresso.
- 3200 square feet with mezzanine.
- 22-foot ceilings, clear span.
- On-site equipment rental.
- Full kitchen and shower facilities.
- Drive-in roll-up door access.
The best part of shooting at Blast Digital+Studio is the many ways clients can work within the space. Clients can watch how their shoot is progressing from a glass-railed mezzanine, or even shoot from up high. There are multiple work areas to keep up with email, make calls in private or produce last minute printouts. From load-in to load-out, Blast can provide a smooth and enjoyable experience that only an individual studio can offer.
LUX-SF San Francisco rental studios photo
LUX-SF is San Francisco’s favourite full-service daylight rental studio. Mark and John are your hosts in these comfortable, thoughtfully-appointed natural light studios in the sunny Dogpatch neighbourhood.
Conveniently located near downtown and SFO, LUX-SF specializes in turn-key solutions for commercial photo shoots. They have on-site gear rental, and also offer complete digitech and post services, both in-studio and on-location throughout California.
With easy access to transit, reserved parking, use of basic grip, a full practical kitchen & complimentary beverages, plus a panoramic view of gorgeous San Francisco Bay - shooting at LUX-SF is a pleasure in every way.
- models, actors, casting
The Blackwell Files San Francisco REAL PEOPLE MODELS
The Blackwell Files has been a much loved and respected casting agency since 1999. Known for its friendly and efficient staff, the company manages a savvy database of over 7000 real people models.
The full-service casting agency, located in San Francisco’s trendy Mission District, casts projects of all sizes including those requiring professional models from local agencies. The Blackwell Files has two beautiful daylight studios available to rent for independent castings and photo/video shoots. Both studios have sleeping accommodations for producers and photographers. Calumet Photographic (equipment rental) is right around the corner and The Mission Bowling Club (restaurant, bar and bowling) is right next door.
BirdMan Inc San Francisco location service and scouts
Birdman Inc is a full service location scouting business based in the San Francisco Bay Area that has been providing unique and thorough location solutions for over 14 years.
The team of highly skilled photographers, known for their fine art and portraiture independently, bring an exceptionally high level of vision, craft and creativity to all of its scouting assignments.
Working with local and international photographers, art directors and producers, the team has developed a reputation as one of the best location services in northern California.
Steve Peixotto San Francisco Advertising & Lifestyle Photographers
Steve Peixotto is an award-winning San Francisco-based photographer who has been shooting on location and in studio for advertising clients since 1998. Steve's problem solving skills along with his ability to understand and expand on the needs of his clients earns him repeat business. He plays well with others and genuinely loves working with people, which is clear to the viewer looking at his people, portrait and lifestyle work.
Steve speaks English and Spanish. Visit his website to see more of his work.
Stan Musilek San Francisco advertising photographers
Stan Musilek: born in Prague/makes dark room in mother’s pantry/photographs neighbour’s dog (relentlessly)/flees Czechoslovakia with family/becomes German/college in Heidelberg/studies mathematics/realises photography is sexier than math/assists/shoots naked girls/shoots jumbo jets/over assisting/becomes American/starves/parties/works ass off/wins NCAA Men’s Soccer Championship/side trip on motorcycle/NYC to tip of South America and back/opens studio in San Francisco/shoots first Apple iMac/shoots porcupines/shoots fashion/shoots still life/advertising/editorial/first to embrace digital post/wins awards/opens second studio in Paris/befriends art directors (especially those that like shooting in Paris)/kicks their ass in tennis/makes clients laugh/makes great work/phone keeps ringing/we keep picking it up.
Robert Houser San Francisco Portrait & Corporate Photographers
Robert Houser is an award-winning San Francisco-based professional photographer specialising in portrait, editorial and corporate photography. Bob has been shooting for over 20 years and is best known for his uncanny ability to connect with his subjects and clients, as well as his expertise in ambient light, enabling him to produce genuine, natural work with the highest level of quality and professionalism.
His clients not only value the quality of his images but his resourcefulness and ability to work under just about any setting, delivering beyond expectations.
Bob's client list includes BioRad, BioMarin Pharmaceuticals, Genentech, Safeway, PG&E, UPS, Visa, Business Week, WebMD, Wired, CFO Magazine and Barron's, among others, most of whom are ongoing.
Miles Keep Photography San Francisco still life photographers
Miles Keep feels his clients are some of the best and brightest around. Fortunately, his clients feel the same way about him!
Miles opened his first Silicon Valley studio in 1992 and his business has since expanded year after year. Ninety percent of that growth came via satisfied customers who enjoy working with him and are always happy to come back and recommend Miles to their peers and co-workers.
"The work is always on time, on budget and beautifully produced without drama… we always walk out of the studio having had a great time with images that exceed our expectations."
Visit his website to find out what all the buzz is about.
Majed Photography San Francisco Advertising & Corporate Photographers
ma•jed (må’ jeed) n.
1. versatile photographer.
2. all-round good guy.
3. location/studio/stock/3D photography.
Majed brings a multi-cultural sensibility and humanity to his photography. He likes to collaborate with creatives and helps his clients find original solutions.
His special interests include environmental portraits, architecture, urban landscapes, and corporate imagery. Based in San Francisco for over 20 years, he has been shooting for annual reports, corporate publications, websites, and magazines. His dynamic and graphic style is the result of creative intuition and a keen understanding of light and composition.
Contact Majed to discuss a project or visit his website to see more of his imagery.
- photo library stock
123RF Limited San Francisco photo library stock
With a proven track record since 2005 and the aim to cater to global clients’ creative needs under one roof, 123RF is renowned as a one-stop digital media library that houses over 16 million stock photos, vector illustrations, editorial images, stock footage and soon audio files, all at affordable prices.
123RF offers privileges such as exclusive corporate pricing, discounts, flexible licensing for mass purchases and flexible payment options. Well-known photographers that contribute their content to 123RF include Yuri Arcurs, Andres Rodriguez, Andrejs Pidjass, Anna Subbotina-Kononchuk and many more.
Royalty Free content from 123RF has been used by clients such as American Express, The McGraw-Hill Companies, Blue Ocean, Millennium, CBS and many more.
- equipment rent
Adolph Gasser Inc. San Francisco Equipment Rent Photo & Film
The Rental Departments have a knowledgeable staff that can answer questions clients' might have or suggest equipment they'll need for their shoots.
The still rental department carries various cameras, from 35mm to 8x10, studio and location lighting, grip equipment and accessories. Adolph Gasser is the leading San Francisco Audio/Visual rental source, renting HD cameras, lighting, audio, tripods and DLP projectors.
"Adolph Gasser's Rental Departments have a special deal on rental gear: We offer a walk-in special every Wednesday and Friday after 3pm, where non-reserved items are 40% of the one-day rate and due back by 12pm the next day. Friday rentals are due back Monday."
Check the pricelists here.